The Islamic Institute of America in Dearborn Heights, MI, a Shiite Islamic center, held a memorial service for the Shiites that were executed in Saudi Arabia in April following terror-related convictions. A video of the memorial was uploaded to the Institute’s YouTube channel on May 4, 2019.
Imam Hassan Qazwini, the senior cleric at the center, said that Saudi Arabia is the “greatest sponsor of terrorism” and that every terrorist attack in the world “bears [its] fingerprints.” He criticized the Saudi king for agreeing to Trump’s request that Saudi Arabia pay for money for defense, saying that “defending Islam and the rights of the Muslims [and] the Arabs and the Palestinians is not what [the king] cares about.” Rather, Qazwini said that the Saudi leadership only cares about staying in power. Another speaker, whose identity is unknown, criticized Saudi Arabia’s military involvement in Yemen and said that the only elections held in Saudi Arabia are to “vote for the best idiot from among all the idiots on the scene.” He referred to the Yemenis as “our brothers” and added: “Allah willing, they will occupy Saudi Arabia tomorrow. Not occupy… They will liberate it.”